In celebration of the UCF legend's 30th birthday, artist Edgar Askelovic, better known as Aspencrow, has created a life-sized sculpture of Conor McGregor, dubbed ATLAS. The piece, said to be worth approximately $66,000 USD, will be gifted to McGregor for the special occasion, while two other sculptures will be on display and then sold by London's JD Malat Gallery.
“It is an honor that Conor has accepted this as a gift from me," says Aspencrow. "He is a phenomenon of our time - not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary."
The sculpture depicts the soon-to-be 30-year-old fighter bursting out of a block of marble, as it reportedly took Aspencrow five months to handcraft the 100kg piece from photographs alone. The Birmingham-based artist made use of platinum silicone, marble powder, UV-resistant polyurethane resin for the eyes, and real hair for Conor's signature crop cut and beard.
“To create the piece, I looked back to antiquity, when athletes were immortalized in sculptures as gods. And I combined some details from a Michelangelo statue with modern day graffiti to capture the present day's warrior sensibilities," Aspencrow went on to add. "People of our generation grew up on graffiti and hooliganism, so I’ve displayed part of his tattoos on his back in graffiti."
Again, ATLAS is to be presented to McGregor for his 30th birthday, which takes place on July 14. The two other sculptures can be seen on display at JD Malat Gallery from July 14 to September 30.
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